Ohio farmers totally unaware of basic facts about Castro’s Cuba


You don’t have to engage in hours of research to become aware of the perils of doing business with the Castro regime.

Apparently, far too many people in the world don’t bother to carry out even the simplest of searches on the internet.

Anyone with access to a computer can easily find shocking proof of Castrogonia’s unreliability as a trading partner, or ample proof of the willful blindness of much of the world.

Try this: Google “Cuba News” and you will find two news stories nearly adjacent to each other: one detailing how Cuba never pays what it owes to those who trade with it, the other on how wonderful it will be for U.S. farmers to trade with Cuba.

You can’t make up this stuff.  It’s insane, absolutely insane, yet all too real.

Naive and ignorant farmers from Ohio really think that doing business with one of the world’s worst deadbeat nations will do wonders for Ohio and for Cuba.

In the meantime, as the Castro regime brings Ohio farmers to Cuba and lies to them, the nations owed money by the Castro regime are trying to figure out how to collect  just a tiny fraction of what they are owed.

Director General of the French Treasury Bezard attends a symposium "Les Entretiens du Tresor" at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris
Bruno Bezard, negotiator for Paris Club, Director General of the French Treasury

Paris Club chief in Cuba to expedite debt negotiations

The chief of the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations met Cuban finance officials on Friday in what he believed was an unprecedented official visit to Havana to discuss the Communist-led country’s debt.

After previous negotiations had stalled in 2000, Cuba and the Paris Club have moved swiftly in the past year toward negotiations over a total debt that Paris Club President Bruno Bezard estimated at $15 billion to $16 billion, with France being the largest of the 15 creditors.

Bezard, who is also director-general of the French treasury, said he believed his visit was the first ever to Cuba for a Paris Club leader.

The two sides were in reconciliation, the process of determining exactly how much debt and interest Cuba owes to each creditor, a prerequisite for actual negotiations….

In the past four years, Cuba has restructured its debt with China, Japanese commercial creditors, Mexico and Russia, each time obtaining substantial reductions in what it owed in exchange for payment plans it can meet.

Read the entire article HERE.

Now, get a load of what is going on in Ohio.

Farmers from the Buckeye State visit Cuba, and while they are there the Castro regime fools them into thinking that they’ll be able to quadruple their income if the so-called embargo is lifted.   The Ohio farmers then return home, all fired up, itching to lobby their congressmen and senators to vote for the lifting of the embargo.

Beautiful. You really have to hand it to the Castronoids.  They have brought the art of lying to new heights of effectiveness.

John Linder, the naive dolt featured in the article below, is dumb enough to believe that the so-called embargo is the cause of Cuba’s economic collapse.  He argues that lifting the embargo will allow Cubans to purchase American tractors.  He also thinks that a fish farm he visited indicates that Cuba has fish to sell to Americans.

Linder is dumb enough to believe the Obama-Castro romance will bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba and turn that slave plantation into a”full trade partner.”  Yeah, some partner.   A partner that buys on credit and never pays what it owes.   A partner that can’t produce anything, much less sell anything.

Why doesn’t he know that lifting the so-called embargo will allow the Castro regime to buy on credit and to mount up a debt that will never be paid?

Why doesn’t his Ohio newspaper do a little fact checking before regurgitating all the propaganda fed to Linder in Castrogonia?

Because the Castro regime knows how to “educate” those who are abysmally gullible and ignorant.

From the newest branch of the Granma Network, a.k.a. The Telegraph-Forum (Ohio)

Ohio farmer John Linder

Cuba trade could boost Ohio jobs, farming

Easing trade relations with Cuba could lead to a quadrupling in the amount of U.S. corn delivered there, helping increase jobs and prosperity for both countries, according to an Ohio farm official who visited this week.

John Linder, the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team chairman, returned from Cuba on Wednesday after seeing opportunities for growth in the country just 90 miles south of Florida.

“We’ve got an opportunity for jobs here,” Linder said Friday. “We could see a fourfold increase in the U.S. corn delivered the next day (if the embargo was lifted.)”

Linder, who farms corn, soybeans and wheat in Morrow County, participated in a four-day “learning journey” to Cuba this week to see how normalizing relations between the two countries could improve the Cuban market for U.S. corn.

A new policy announced by President Barack Obama in December will expand trade, increase travel and establish diplomatic relations with Cuba’s regime. Congressional action, however, would be needed to make Cuba a full trade partner with the United States.

Previous report:Ohio farmers could benefit from Cuba policy

Linder said such action is needed, and his group hopes to share its story with Ohio legislators. Cubans are already allowed to purchase corn from the United States now, albeit with restrictions, but the embargo severely limits Americans’ ability to buy Cuban goods. In his trip, he saw fish farms that would provide a great product for Ohio, for example.

Increasing trade with the country also would improve the economy on the island nation, giving its residents more money to spend on U.S. imports. The United States’ proximity to Cuba would make it the ideal trade partner.

“We need to be the player of choice,” Linder said. “We need to trade with them.”

He recounted going to a farm where a Russian tractor sat unused in a field because its owner had waited years for a replacement part. Instead the fields were plowed by cattle. A better trade relationship with Cuba would open up its markets for not only American agriculture but manufactured goods as well.

“It’s going to build jobs in the U.S. and lift the economy in Cuba,” he said.

He said the Cuban people he met are ready to partner with the United States, and he thinks Buckeye legislators would be open to at least listen to their story.

IOC President Rogge and Cuba's head of armed forces Castro attend inauguration of sports congress in Havana
Bravo, Linder! Sobresaliente! Bravo Obamita! Magnifico!  (Oye, la verdad es que esos americanos son tremendos comemierdas!)